Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day:

Friday 5 October 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

PAUL ESMOND BROWN

58

LIVERPOOL HEART AND CHEST HOSPITAL 1.12.17

10.00am

JANE CAROLINE STOREY

49

HIGHER KINERTON 3.1.18

2pm

Monday 8 October 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

MARTIN CLIFFORD KELLY

41

GLAN CLWYD HOSPITAL 20.12.17

2pm

DANIEL STEFAN DEEGAN

26

LLANDULAS 20.12.17

2pm

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 October 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

NEIL RUSSELL SCOTT

53

WREXHAM MAELOR 27.5.18

10am

Friday 12 October 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

SUSAN DUCK

56

KINMEL BAY 30.12.18

10am

JULIA ELIZABETH JONES

80

GLAN CLWYD 9.5.18

11.30am

KAMIL DAMIAN KMIEC

30

SHOTTON 4.3.18

12.15pm

JAMES MANCHESTER

30

GWERSYLLT 15.4.18

2pm

DEREK GARETH WILKINSON

36

RHYL 29.4.18

3.30pm

ISABELLA GRACE PIEKARSKI

16

BETTISFILED 1.5.18

4.15pm

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Lloyd Street, Llandudno, LL30 2UP


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

KENNETH WILSON

89

GLAN CLWYD 13.5.18

10am

DAVID EBBRELL

55

OLD COLWYN 6.5.18

10.30am

EVELYN JONES

71

GLAN CLWYD 28.2.18

11.15am

FRANCIS JOHN ROWALNDS

51

RHOS ON SEA 10.2.18

12.15pm

LYNN BIRT

56

CONWY 31.3.18

2pm

LEE ANTHONY HARRIS

45

LLANDUDNO 3.6.18

3pm

PETER JAMES MALLAM

64

LLYSFAEN 18.3.18

3.30pm

Thursday 18 October 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

RAYMOND LEATHER

83

PRESTATYN 26.4.18

10am

AUDREY ELIZABETH MCNEIL

79

WREXHAM MAELOR 7.5.18

10.45am

SIMON COLLEY

41

LLANDUDNO 29.4.18

11.30am

JEAN LYNCH

82

PRESTATYN 11.12.17

12.15pm

Monday 22 October 2018

Coroner’s Court, Abergele Town Hall, Abergele, LL22 7BT


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
AUSTIN ALLEN ELLSUM THOMAS 29 DEESIDE 6.2.17

10am

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing

ANEURYN EVANS

80

ST DAVID’S HOSPICE 13.6.18

9.30am

PATRICIA BARR

38

WREXHAM 13.3.18

10am

LUKASZ PAWEL LESNIACKI

30

YSBYTY GWYNEDD 20.05.18

10.45am

DANIEL JOHN PALMER

43

GLAN CLWYD 6.5.18

11.30am

GARY WILLIAMS

31

LLANDUDNO 28.11.17

12.15pm

TRACEY ANNE GALER

45

AFONWEN 4.12.17

2pm

KIM LOUISE PARRY

47

FLINT 1.7.17

3pm

DAVID SPENCER MURPHY

35

PRESTATYN 12.5.18

3.45pm

 

Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047